The AFFS Department of the Quartermaster ordered 25,000 of the weapons immediately, and went on over the course of the next decade to order millions more, making it the standard long arm for its regular army infantry. Federation National Firearms became a wild success overnight, borrowing heavily on the strength of its military contracts to construct factories throughout the Federated Suns. By the time Amaris had seized control of the Terran Hegemony, the company was producing numerous weapons for the AFFS, from pistols to rifles to heavy support weapons.
The First and Second Succession Wars nearly destroyed the company, though, as weapons and ammunition factories were raided and bombed even while the AFFS needed even more weapons to prosecute those wars. With FNF production no longer able to keep up with demand, the Davion government contracted with local factories to build the exact same weapons that FNF designed. FNF came back strong in the early decades of the Third Succession War, however, with a new name and a new weapon. When Federated Arms debuted the Federated Long Rifle, the AFFS was looking for a new rifle for their infantry with better range and more hitting power. The rest, as they say, is history.
Federated Arms once more grew into a giant, ultimately entirely consuming what was left of the Yorathil Corporation and renaming the entire company to Federated Industries. The Federated Arms and Federated Armor divisions date from that time and have been the AFFS’ largest supplier of small arms, support weapons, and body armor ever since. Federated Industries added Hurricane Defense Systems, a builder of heavier weapons and munitions, in 2948, expanding its business to provide every type of weapon or munitions the AFFS might need.
The purchase of Personal Defense Contractors in 2993 was, at the time, controversial. Officially, the company trained and equipped corporate security forces and personal bodyguards, and also provided those same security services to those that could afford their prices. Unofficially, the company specialized in providing elite mercenaries to petty nobles and others who sought to overthrow legitimate local rulers or engage in a truly hostile takeover. Since then, the company has become a constant performer, even in times of recession.
Federated Industries formed its final major division in 3043. For almost its entire history, the company had focused on producing conventional weapons. In fact, its only forays into lasers and other advanced weapons had been abysmal failures. Looking to turn that around and cash in on the bits of LosTech the NAIS had been unlocking every day, the company formed Federated-Barrett, initially tasking it as a high-tech R&D house. This division was responsible for the very first personal Gauss weapons accepted by the AFFS, and especially the MagShot rifle integral to the Infiltrator Mk. II battle armor. As a result, in 3059 Federated-Barrett took on responsibility for not only research and development, but also production of all of Federated Industries’ advanced light weapons, including Gauss weapons, lasers, and other energy weapons.
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